• Holiness sometimes means biting your tongue, pope says

    • May 24, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — Holiness doesn’t depend on superhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope and grace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass on Tuesday. In fact, holiness is reached by taking tiny steps, like biting your tongue

  • Mourners remember missionary nun shot in South Sudan

    • May 24, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya — Missionaries and other Catholics gathered in Nairobi May 23 for a requiem Mass for a Slovak nun killed in Yei, South Sudan. Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Veronika Theresia Rackova, 58, director of St. Bakhita Medical Center in Yei, was shot the night of May 16 while driving

  • Chaplains work to uproot radicalization in prisons

    • May 21, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — With visits to detention facilities and washing the feet of the detainees, Pope Francis has placed renewed emphasis on the work of mercy of visiting prisoners. However, some see a growing urgency for the Church to be present in cell blocks not just as part of its

  • Dominicans aim to create U.S. version of Camino de Santiago

    • May 21, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — The idea of making a walking pilgrimage in the United States took root about four years ago when Dominican Fathers Francis Orozco and Thomas Schaefgen were studying together for the priesthood. They saw the movie, “The Way,” featuring Martin Sheen, who portrayed a father honoring his

  • Franciscan is on a quest for bones of Albania’s martyrs

    • May 21, 2016

    SHKODER, Albania — Human bones, old shoes and deteriorating priest collars fill cardboard boxes in the office of Franciscan Brother Vincenzo Foca, an Italian who lives and works in Shkoder. The “relics” belong to Catholics killed under Albania’s previous Communist, staunchly atheist regime, Foca explained to Catholic News Service on

  • Audit of bishops’ anti-abuse efforts warns of complacency

    • May 21, 2016

    WASHINGTON— An annual report on implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” warns against complacency, while a firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was “plenty of room for improvement” in implementing two of the charter’s articles. In remarks